More than 21,000 volunteer surf lifesavers will be out in force to protect swimmers and beachgoers across the State with the patrol season starting this weekend.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the iconic red and yellow Surf Life Saving flags will be back on our beaches from Saturday, and the message to all beachgoers this summer as always is – swim between the flags.

“In the last 12 months, volunteer surf lifesavers rescued almost 4000 people from drowning across NSW,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Our surf lifesaving clubs are an essential part of the Myall Lakes community.”

“I want to thank all those men and women who dedicate their time to protecting others on beaches and along our coastline,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Surf lifesavers give up their time to put your safety before their own – don’t make their job harder than it has to be.”

Beachgoers in Forster will this year enjoy the extra protection from additional eyes in the sky this swimming season, with the continued rollout of the NSW Government’s drone trial.

“We know drones are the future when it comes to keeping beachgoers safe,” Mr Bromhead said.

In the previous trial, SLS drones flew more than 25,000 kilometres and over 8,000 flights, observed approximately 350 sharks, and cleared our beaches on 48 occasions.

If you’re interested in getting your children involved in Surf Life Saving with Nippers or you would like to join as an active patrol member saving lives on the beach, or as a volunteer club official working behind the scenes to ensure things run smoothly. Contact your local club or visit www.surflifesaving.com.au/